Jamie Redknapp: Why Jose Mourinho must accept Chelsea blame

The former Spurs midfielder says Chelsea should have signed a quality striker in the summer transfer window

Jamie Redknapp says Chelsea are paying the price for failing to sign a quality striker in the summer transfer window.

Jose Mourinho started Loic Remy before he brought on Radamel Falcao in the absence of Diego Costa as Chelsea came from 2-0 behind to salvage a 2-2 draw at Newcastle United on Saturday evening.

I think the decision to sign Falcao, as much as Falcao was an unbelievable player a couple of years ago, you can see he’s not at that level anymore

Radamel Falcao

Brazilian duo Ramires and Willian spared the Blues’s blushes at St James’s Park as Falcao and Remy failed to trouble the Newcastle defence despite the hosts’s miserable recent run in the Premier League.

Mourinho signed Falcao on a season-long loan in the summer transfer window despite the Colombia international scoring just four times in 26 Premier League games for their rivals Manchester United last term.

And Redknapp believes Chelsea’s lack of options up front are costing the defending champions with first-choice striker Diego Costa suspended for their next two games.

“If you’re going to miss a player that much, you need to have something to come in and do the job that he does,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“So I think that Jose Mourinho has to accept responsibility for not bringing in someone who can do that job.

“I think the decision to sign Falcao, as much as Falcao was an unbelievable player a couple of years ago, you can see he’s not at that level anymore.

“So I think he [Mourinho] has to take responsibility. He was so insistent on getting a defender through the door, they’ve missed a real trick not buying a centre-forward that can do that job that Costa does because the way he plays football you’re sometimes going to have to do without him.”

Chelsea are in 15th place in the Premier League table.

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